Kamden Johnson hopped into a van at Community Church Ministries in Mobile. Hours later, the 5-year-old’s body was found dumped in a driveway.
The Alabama House of Representatives resoundingly voted to increase oversight of unlicensed religious day cares, a big step for a state with the most sweeping religious exemption in the country.
Alabama lawmakers introduced a landmark bill to abolish a longstanding law that exempts more than 900 religious day cares from state oversight.
For more than a decade, Deborah Stokes managed to operate a string of dangerous day cares around southern Alabama simply by claiming she ran a church. But no more.
A growing online petition calls for the end of “The God Loophole,” the patchwork of laws around the country that exempt faith-based day cares from licensing rules designed to protect children.
Florida is one of 16 states that grants certain freedom from oversight to religious day cares.
A man who ran an Alabama day care registered under a church’s name was convicted of sexual abuse. But the state Supreme Court later ruled that the church and day care weren’t connected.
An Alabama lawmaker has introduced a bill to license the more than 900 religious day cares in the state that currently operate without almost no government oversight.
The federal government, several state legislatures and local health departments have decided that granting faith-based day cares too much freedom puts children at risk.
For the first time in the state’s history, an Alabama lawmaker is introducing a bill to overturn the state’s religious exemption for faith-based day cares.